By Ronald Mpaso:
Former Silver Strikers forward Binwell Katinji has said returning to Malawi national football team remains his major focus as he pursues his career with eSwatini Premier League side, Malanti Chiefs.
Katinji last featured for the Flames early last year during the opening ceremony of Bingu National Stadium when he bagged a brace in the 2-2 draw against Chinese club Guangzhou R&F.
He left the country halfway through the 2018 season to try his luck in South Africa at Baroka FC but failed to clinch any deal as Silver officials asked him to return home first and leave with their blessings.
When he failed to comply, the Central Bankers fired him on disciplinary grounds.
The striker then signed for Chiefs and he claims to have scored seven goals in five games, his latest being in 2-2 stalemate against Manzini Sea Birds on Sunday.
Katinji believes that it is just a matter of time before he returns to the Flames.
“I have settled down very well here. I am on top of my game. I have improved quite a lot since moving to this club,” he said.
Katinji said he feared for his career after being reduced to a sideshow at Silver.
“I still believed that I was good enough to play even outside the country. That is why I left to try my luck here. I believe that I am now ready for a return to the Flames but I cannot force the selectors to pick me. I will just continue working hard,” he said.
The Flames are struggling to score in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations where they have managed just a goal in four matches.
This has seen Coach Ronny van Geneugden hiring the services of former Flames strikers Esau Kanyenda and Lawrence Waya in a bid to sharpen his frontline.
But van Geneugden has overlooked several foreign-based goalpoachers such as Mozambique-based Matthews Sibale, Chawanangwa Kawonga and Schumaker Kuwali, who are regular scorers with their clubs.
The Flames are in camp as they prepare for an away return match against Comoros Islands later this month with the Belgian trainer adding Khuda Muyaba and Gastin Simkonda to his misfiring striking force.
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